MoyaRuiz Cigars is a company founded by Danny Moya and Nelson Ruiz. This company is known for being creative and “The Rake” is the 3rd cigar in their line and a reference to poker. At the start of this cigar review I was hoping that the MoyaRuiz The Rake was not all gimmick and hype.
Name: The Cut
Size: 5 x 52 Boxpressed
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Filler: 4 Ligero leaves from Jalapa Valley and Esteli
Sold in boxes of 20 and designed to look like a dealer’s rake box. In poker, casinos earn money by charging rake. Each hand in poker a dealer will take a percentage of the pot and put it in the “rake box” at their side. If you’ve every been to a casino, I can assure you it looks just like the box they use, fully equipped with the slit to insert the chips. At an MSRP of $10, I find this cigar to be on the pricey side and determined to get my poker face on to fire it up and start smoking.
- Soft and spongy to the touch
- Aroma – musty earth, forest floor, sweet tobacco
I decided to clip off as little as possible because the cigar felt so spongy. I had a feeling it would be a loose draw and wanted to keep the resistance a high as possible.
- Loose draw
- Sweet tobacco on the cold draw
The MoyaRuiz Cigar has a short crisp finish indicative of the Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper and creeps over medium-body in strength. Each retrohale has spicy chili pepper with earthy qualities. As I puff on the cigar, my mouth gets coated with chili pepper and the smoke coming off the cigar is volimous and thick.
Thoughts on strength and burn
This cigar has great strength put out by Ligero leaves and is well balanced. It’s one of the few cigars I have had that lives up to its full-bodied description written by the manufacturer. Getting into the 2nd third and the pepper has died off and the complexity has changed. I’m starting to pick up some coffee, smoked meat and chili pepper. This is a hearty cigar with a very short finish now. Despite its loose draw, the cigar burns very slow. This is due to the mix of Ligero leaves and the broadleaf wrapper.
Flavor – 4/10
Complexity – 4/10
Construction – 5/10
Total – 8/10
This is a very good full bodied cigar that would get a much higher grade if it weren’t for the price. I could see this cigar being a lot of people’s favorite if they were able to get it at a pricer closer to $7.